How to embrace your JEALOUSY of other writers (not that you have any)

Jealousy is idiotic. Writers can often be insecure types… So they’re often jealous of the success of other writers.


from Dan: I know I am occasionally jealous of other writers

Wanna know what I do about that jealousy, when I feel it?

I embrace them.

I try to become friends with the person I’m jealous of.

I hold their work up and say “SCORECARD: they sell more than me; they are a better writer!”

I read their stuff to learn from it. I try to emulate their work habits.

And I sit in the dark, red-faced at my jealousy, wishing I were a better person, a better writer – and working hard to be one.

Occasionally they’ll become friends with me and say I’m a good writer, sometimes stating that I’m a better writer than they are.

Scorecard says otherwise, but it still feels damned good to see my work is admired by those I admire, and that my moment is probably coming – if I keep working.


Published by Dan Alatorre AUTHOR

International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

13 thoughts on “How to embrace your JEALOUSY of other writers (not that you have any)

  1. I think you know this, but more sales =/= better writing. I bet we can all think of examples of books that sold like hotcakes and also happened to be crappy. On the flip side, lots of great books struggle to put up big numbers.

    1. Yeah, but for the most part audiences get it right.

      More sales is usually somebody doing something right. I use the sales scorecard as my measuring stick and it drives me to work harder and get better. I want what they have, so am I willing to do what it takes to get what they’ve gotten? I hope so, but in my own way, too.

      If they work hard, I want to work harder. If they market, I want to market to the best of my abilities, and that means doing events and YouTube shows and conferences as a presenter.

      I need to market harder. I can only do what I can do, but there’s a lot I can do – and a lot I can do more of.

      Shame on me if somebody outsells me because they outwork me. There’s no excuse for that, and usually if they sell better than I do it’s because they are working harder.

      So I need to up my game.

      And maybe write romances and mysteries.

            1. Look, I’m the first to admit I do what I do better than anybody else. It’s like I have my own little niche. And one day it’ll be a worldwide famous brand, but until then I’ve been systematically trying every genre to see which one I like best and which one likes me best.

              So far so good.

              And you know there’s a Navigators sequel in the works (a best book of 2016 according to Happy Meerkat Reviews), but there’s also a lot of other stuff that I need to pursue, like romance and fantasy and paranormal and…

              And 2017 is going to be full of all of that!

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